The Problems with Clothing

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We were born naked, and as I’ll explain, we probably should have stayed that way. Of course, society and weather will usually demand that we keep wearing our clothes, but there are several reasons we may want to at least reevaluate our clothing choices. I’m going to discuss three ways that our clothing directly impacts our health. Continue reading

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Proprioception

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We often talk about having five senses, but we really have more than that. For example, proprioception is the sense of where your body is in space. While that may not seem as exciting as the sense of sight, it is a critical function of the body. Without it, coordinated movement like standing and walking around would be pretty difficult, and playing sports or dancing would definitely be out of the question. Continue reading

Sleep Well

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Sleep is very important when it comes to the maintenance of our mental and physical health. Although some seem to consider sleep to be a wasteful use of a third of their lives, that time is critical for many bodily processes necessary to keep you up and running well during that other 2/3 of your life. Especially if you are ill or recovering from an injury, sleep is possibly the most important part of your cure.

However, it is very common to have difficulties sleeping. Whether you wake up with a “tweak” in your neck, a headache, a limb or two that went numb, or aches and stiffness in your body, these are signs that something needs to change so your body can get the proper sleep it needs. While there is copious research and conjecture on the myriad issues surrounding sleep, the one most relevant to my line of work is posture, and hence, what you do your sleeping on. Continue reading

Allowing Healing to Happen

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Understanding a bit about how our bodies heal can help us support this process so we can recover faster and more effectively. I’m going to talk about traumatic injury–an injury due to physical damage–what our bodies do about it, and the important ways we can help or hinder them. Continue reading

Moving Your Fluids Around

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Commonly taught anatomy is often simplified for various reasons. Perhaps the pupils are too young, perhaps there is only so much time, perhaps different aspects are considered more important than others. In any case, one common factor often left out is how much impact you have on the processes going on inside you. The way we learn about the digestive system, the urinary system, the circulation system often creates the feeling that our organs simply carry on their business regardless of what’s going on outside. Whether you are sitting there in class or out playing soccer, what’s the difference? Continue reading

Giving Both Sides a Chance

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It’s very natural for us to favor one side or the other of our body, to specialize different parts for doing different tasks. Almost everyone develops right-handedness or left-handedness, but beyond that, we often train our right foot for kicking the soccer ball, our left shoulder for holding up our purse, our left hand for holding the can opener while our right hand twists. Continue reading

Scalene Stretch

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Who:

This stretch could be good for you if you often:

  • Crane your neck forward when working on a computer or something else in front of you
  • Experience stress
  • Breathe more with the upper part of your torso.
  • Hold your head at a particular angle such as when reading, talking on the phone, or working with machinery Continue reading

Bending Down

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As discussed in previous posts “Sitting in Chairs” and “Hamstring Stretch,” many people spend a lot of time with a rounded back. It’s hard to think of an occupation that doesn’t require continuous bending over throughout the day. Whether you sit or stand at a desk, perform physical labor, look after small children, play sports—most activities induce you to lean forward at some point in some way. While there’s nothing wrong with this, the act of bending forward or hunching over is often the cause of chronic pain for people who have been doing it the same way for a long, long time. I’m going to share a few ways to help change things up and give your sad back muscles a break. Continue reading

Plantar fasciitis

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It’s easy to find out what plantar fasciitis is by just googling it, but it can be difficult to wade through the multitude of devices, orthotics, medications, exercises, and other means by which people attempt to alleviate their foot pain. I’m going to share with you some of what I find to be the most impactful tools for plantar fasciitis pain. They tend to be great to use for the majority of musculoskeletal conditions from the feet to the hips (barring tendon ruptures and bone fractures), but it’s always best to get the opinion of your health care provider if you aren’t sure whether something is safe for you to do. Continue reading